Biggest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa at Canada Place

Nurturing nationalism: Free concerts, pick-up street hockey, a public-participatory parade and fireworks are all part of the package.

 Photo from Canada Place Corporation
Crowds wave flags at the annual evening Canada Day parade.

The largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital is a 13-hour festival at Canada Place on July 1.

Hannah Georgas headlines the Main Stage that includes performances by Tim Chaisson, Don Amero and Rumba Calzada.

Kicking things off at the Celebration Stage (Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre East) will be a citizenship ceremony, followed by a multitude of multicultural performances.

Pick-up street hockey takes place on Canada Place Way with a photo-op with Fin, the Canucks’ mascot, between 2 and 3 p.m.

The rustic, Canadian-themed licensed Sunsetter Lounge will be decked out in Muskoka chairs, inviting patrons to enjoy a cold one while listening to performances by The Hairfarmers, Watasun, Bellwoods and more.

Getting in on the PR opportunity, sponsor Port Metro Vancouver hosts the Vancouver Harbour Patrol Vessel, berthed at Harbour Green Dock from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the Canadian Forces (Hall B, Vancouver Convention Centre East) includes displays and exhibits. 

Other events include a Vancouver Circus show at Jack Poole Plaza and a chance to add to a unique maple leaf flag photo montage made up of over 1,000 Canada Day faces.

Leading up to the Coal Harbour fireworks is an evening Canada Day public-particpatory parade of diversity and national pride from 7-8 p.m. starting at Georgia and Broughton Streets. 

Hannah Georgas plays Canada Place on Canada Day.Rumba Calzada plays Canada Place on Canada Day.Hannah Georgas (top) and Rumba Calzada take to the main stage on Canada Day.

 

The schedule:

Main Stage (Canada Place Way at Canada Place)

11:00 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. 

Welcome

11:05 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. 

Children of Takaya

11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Robyn and Ryleigh

12:20 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.

Don Amero

1:25 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. 

Saint-Pierre

2:25 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.

Rumba Calzada

3:25 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Tim Chaisson

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hannah Georgas

Celebration Stage (Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre East)

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Coastal Sounds Youth Choir

11:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Citizenship Ceremony

1:15 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

One Love Hip Hop Showcase

2:10 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Showstoppers

3:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

X-Corps

3:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cindy Yang Dance Academy: The Royal Datang

4:55 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ache Brasil

North Point Stage (North Point, Canada Place)

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

Jocelyn Pettit

12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Rio Samaya

1:55 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Watasun

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Bellwoods

4:35 p.m. to 5:35 p.m. 

The Hairfarmers

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